Stitch Maynia

I told you cross stitching is taking up part of my life now.  I do love cross stitch but more than that I find since my time with Kramer being sick I learned to watch television.  I certainly never thought that would happen.

Well this has all got me more into the “cross stitch community”.  I’ve found I  like it.  One thing with cross stitch that’s a little different than quilting, many people make the designs their own.  I know many quilters do that to but there are some that are part of the “quilting police” that don’t like that.

In May there was Stitch “May”nia.   What happened is this…  In May you decided how many projects to start and you start them all in May.  Yep, PURPOSELY starting UFOs.  Oh my.  Isn’t the cross stitch world so different than the quilting world.  Quilters certainly don’t purposely start quilting projects to have UFOs.

Many people start a new project EVERY SINGLE DAY OF THE MONTH.  Oh my.  There are 31 days in May….that would mean 31 starts.  Um…no thank you.  I like cross stitch but…

1-I can’t afford that
2-I’m still a quilter at heart and don’t want that many UFOs
3-I am not putting all of my efforts into cross stitch so I’d never be able to finish that many projects so it would be silly for me to start that many.

I do love the idea kitting some things up though.

I read that some people are starting 19 projects as it’s 2019.  I read that some people just made the whole thing their own and only worked on UFOs they already had.  There were some that started five projects and rotated which ones they worked on each day.  What I love about it is that it’s called Stitch MAYNIA and they allow you to decide what you think is classified and “Maynia”.

Being Kramer was sick, I bypassed Stitch Maynia.  Well now that it’s July, the Fat Quarter Shop, is hosting Jolly July.  Did all you quilters know that the Fat Quarter Shop has gone all out and REALLY gotten into selling cross stitch too?  You can find their Facebook page for the HERE and they have a Floss Tube channel HERE.  You can go to their website to find cross stitch HERE.

The premise of Jolly July is
-it’s hosted by Kimberly JOLLY owner of the Fat Quarter Shop
-it’s like Maynia but this time it’s for ornaments

So…being I had hoped to do something for Stitch Maynia and didn’t I thought about doing something for Jolly July…BUT I’m not an ornament girl.  I don’t really do a Christmas tree.  I don’t decorate a lot for Christmas.  I definitely don’t want to start 31 ornaments.  So…what could I do to make it mine?  I love these things as that’s totally acceptable to make it your own.

I know some people are making patriotic ornament sized projects.  Others are just making small sized projects that are Christmasy.

I ended up pulling out these Lizzie Kate Christmas stockings.  See?

I’ve wanted to do these for a long time but it hasn’t happened yet.  I decided that I’d try to work on the Silent Night one.  I kitted everything up so one day this week I’m going to start it.  I keep reminding myself that none of these have to be finished as this is all about starting projects.  I can see how it might be easier to get going on projects if they are already kitted and together…much like quilting.

The other one I kitted up is this…

This one actually could be an ornament.  I have a thing about liking cardinals.  Growing up they were our school mascot…and of course, they are red.

It’s all kitted and ready to go!

This one I am going to start in the later half of the month.

For you diehard cross stitchers, I’m sure you’re laughing as two projects isn’t much of a challenge.  For me to stitch at all is WONDERFUL…and this is at leasts realistic for my life.  I’ve lived with piles of UFOs on the quilting side of things and don’t want to be that way with cross stitch.  Besides, I learn a lot from each piece I stitch.  If I start too many projects ahead, I might miss out on adding something I’ve learned to the project to make it even better.

Are any of you cross stitchers participating in Jolly July??

16 thoughts on “Stitch Maynia”

  1. Donna Pheneger

    I’m participating in Christmas in July in a couple of places. On one list, we post our Christmas ornament on Fridays. The other we just post while we are working on them and when we finish.
    There’s no rush but it does help to get a jump start on Christmas gifts.
    Me – I love Christmas. Our home as it was, was filled with Christmas from the day after Thanksgiving until the 12th Day of Christmas – sometime in January. Now that we are full time RVers, I have no idea how it will work out :-) I still cross stitch an ornament for family members every year – have been for around 30 years give or take.
    Love and prayers

  2. Jackie Goosen

    I started cross-stitching again due to your love of Lizzie Kate and FlossTube. I have finished a few items, but agree with you that since this is not my only hobby, I do not want too many unfinished projects. I do have 5 or 6 cross-stitch UFOs from twenty years ago. I did finish one of them in May as my Maynia.

  3. I have just gotten back into counted cross stitch due to you, and all the cute projects by Lori Holt. I purchased her “Sew Can She” pattern and floss and have gotten a good start. Since May we’ve been to doctor, dentist, hospital, attorney and accountant appointments. I don’t leave home without my busy bag.

  4. Hi, Jo
    I have a rule in my home: “DO NOT start a new project until the last one is completed.” Some that I have started seem like they drag on and on, but that’s just the way it is. It’s always exciting to start a NEW project. Then sometimes it starts to be like an albatross. But if you can’t start anything new, the old one soon gets done. I’m working on one now that could be classified as an albatross. It’s titled “Granny Is No Square”. There are 128 separate squares and it resembles a Granny Afghan. If you have a chance to look it up, it’s a Carolyn Manning design. Any hobby teaches you about life — one “stitch” (step) at a time. I’ve never quilted but I am addicted to counted cross stitch. I’m glad to see that you are back in the “crafting” phase of your life. I thoroughly enjoy your blog. I wish my family was as closely “knitted” as yours. God bless all of you!

  5. I used to be a rabid cross stitcher. Then I hurt my back and couldn’t sit for long periods of time. I found quilting to be easier on my body since I had to get up every once in a while to cut or press. For about 10 years, quilting was all I did. Now I’m back to cross stitching too. I have a few cross stitch UFOs, but most of my UFOs are quilts.

  6. Stearns Carol

    I have a questions that maybe you can answer here on the blog. How much should you spend on a cross stitch kit at a thrift store? I found some at the Salvation Army that were 4 dollars each. Seemed high to me but it was 20% off day so I got them for $3.20 each and there was a lot of floss included in each kit and backing for one of them. They also had floss for 50 cents a skein which I thought was high. And I didn’t need it so I left it there.

  7. There are as many “cross stitch police” as there are quilting ones. They check the back to make sure it is neat and no hanging threads. and starting a new quilt is much more fun than finishing one. But so glad we can each do our own thing

  8. Cross stitch was my first love and I got into quilting while waiting to go into bifocals. Then I became a quilter and started building quilt stash and my cross stitch stash languished. We moved and I “retired” a year ago so have been collecting Blackbird Designs cross stitch charts and had cataract surgery. Now I consider myself a cross stitcher that quilts. Oddly enough, a friend’s mother introduced me to both cross stitch and BBD but I knew them mainly as quilters for years. Now I’m collecting their quilt books for the cross stitch patterns. I’ve stitched for 40 years and my oldest UFO is about 35 now. I usually have 2-3 projects going at any time and one of them is Christmas ornaments for the great nieces and nephews as their parents all got ornaments when they were young. With 8 babies in the last 3 years and #9 due in December; I don’t think I will ever get enough made. Cross stitch and quilting are alike in that they are what you make of them. You can follow every fad or … not. Stitch as you wish

  9. I used to cross stitch until my husband saw a picture of the old world map. It was done on 18 count aida cloth. It took me a year and i was done with cross stitch. That is when i found quilting and here I am 25 years later.

  10. I used to cross stitch. But after I had my third child, my lap was never empty enough to cross stitch!! Years later I got into scrapbooking and now quilting. Quilting is my favorite. I have been collecting completed cross stitch pictures at the thrift stores and need to finish a few that I started. I have the idea to put them into a quilt sometime. Lots of ideas for someday!!

  11. Becky in Iowa

    My mother used to make Christmas ornaments for her grandchildren. I am carrying on the tradition by making ornaments for my grandchildren. I had five in three years! I made Disney cross stitch ornaments last year and this year since they are all little, I pulled out the old Precious Moments charts to make ornaments. They each have their own box to keep them in, too! I find the small projects are fun to do and I know my kids really appreciate the ones their grandma made for them. Hopefully my grandkids will, too!

  12. You got me back into cross stitching after 20 plus years. I just ordered from earlier this afternoon one Fall and 3 Christmas. I can’t wait to get started. (Of course, I need to finish what I’ve started!) lol I have to watch what fabric is used though. These soon to be 65 yr. old eyes don’t see like they used to.

  13. Quilting is my favorite, but I picked up cross stitching when my husband became ill. It was so easy to take to chemo and radiation treatments. I am doing Jolly July with Fat Quarters and The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch. I am working on some Christmas smalls.

  14. If you don’t use Christmas ornaments, they can be displayed in a bowl with other “smalls”, on pegs, in an apothecary type jar, or a wreathe. Just whetever you can imagine! I, too, used to never begin a new project before finishing the current one but I found that if I was tired of it, I wouldn’t work on anything. With more than one project going, I can choose from the one that tempts me at the time. That being said, I do limit how many starts I have. Police, or no police, it is YOUR project, do what YOU want. ;)

  15. Carol-I haven’t found kits at a thrift store, but to me, under $5 would be a steal. Some charts alone are $10 retail store or online. The floss I would say is high, just because on sale at JoAnn’s is .33 cents. I also have never found floss at garage sale or thrift store. I FINALLY found quilt fabric in thrift store in June and bought it for my school kids to use in the fall. Also looking at the cross stitch WIPs and have started to stitch again due to Jo’s posts and The Real Housewives of Cross Stitch on youTube, have been binge watching them from the beginning. Three of my nieces are engaged, so I am stitching away on wedding samplers. First one happens in October. . .need more time in my day.

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